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After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

The Wales team pictured in training this week

Jones returns to find Welsh thinking big

The 6ft 7in second row is not much larger than most of his backs. James Corrigan considers whether size really is everything

Carl Froch is one of Britain’s best and most intelligent boxers

Bunce on Boxing: All bets are off as Froch gambles with his career

The perfect bad ending to an extraordinary weekend of boxing was provided yesterday when the former world champion – and arguably Britain's best active fighter – Carl Froch revealed that he had held up an opponent in order to determine a fight's ending in 2005.

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Call to axe free OAP bus travel

Pensioners should be stripped of free bus travel as part of a £15 billion of immediate extra savings to boost the economy, a think tank said.

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A bit steep? Fans may pay to see Olympic bike race

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish will be hoping to bag the first gold medal of the Olympics in the cycling road race this summer.

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Keough, left, in 1952

Harry Keough: Footballer who helped beat England

Harry Keough, who played for the US team that shocked the football world by beating England at the 1950 World Cup, died on 7 February at his home in St Louis at the age of 84. A defender who scored one goal in 19 appearances for the US from 1949-57, Keough coached Saint Louis University to five NCAA titles. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976.

The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, London

Sam Mendes was a hard act to follow as inaugural artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse.  But Michael Grandage overcame that difficulty with flamboyantly flying colours.

Celtic and Rangers fans try to make their voices heard

Celtic play down knock-on effect of Rangers administration

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell believes fans would continue backing the club in big numbers in the absence of Old Firm rivals Rangers.

Rangers fans show off at Ibrox, but years of spending have caught up with the Glasgow giants

Tax fears leave Rangers 10 days from meltdown

Imminent administration and collapse stalks one of Britain's biggest clubs. Robin Scott-Elliot asks how and why

Rangers fans show off at Ibrox, but years of spending have caught up with the Glasgow giants

Rangers 10 days from financial meltdown

Imminent prospect of administration and collapse stalks club, says Robin Scott-Elliot

Ben Ainslie was furious

Ben Ainslie escapes penalty after jumping aboard television boat

Britain’s top prospect for Olympic sailing glory has come through unscathed following an official inquiry into his disqualification from a world championship regatta in Australia in December.

British Library starts videogame website archive project

Curators at The British Library have begun the process of archiving videogame websites to preserve gaming culture for future generations.

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Ed Balls interview

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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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